Team Canada Performance Cheer

**Cheer Canada reserves the right to make changes to this process pending the development of COVID-19 cases in Canada and around the world.**

The Cheer Canada High Performance Committee is looking for Canada’s best to represent our country at the 2021 ICU Junior World Championships and the 2021 ICU World Championships. Teams can be formed by/from ANY Club, School, Group or Region within Canada.

There will be no preference given to All-Star Clubs or School teams, regionally representative teams or those from one organization. We would like to ask that the Team Canada dance program, and the potential formation of regional teams, does NOT become a recruiting tool between cheer clubs. 

We are very proud of the fact that the Team Canada movement has been bringing our Canadian Cheerleading Community together for the past 11 years and we are not interested in this program being exploited for recruitment purposes. Gym Owners — please cooperate with other gyms and please, ensure that your coaches, athletes and parents understand the ramifications of overt recruitment. If forced to do so, unscrupulous recruiting practices may result in negative consideration by the adjudication committee. 

2021 Division Representation: Team Canada is proud to be represented by our 2020 Teams who will represent Cheer Canada in the following divisions: 

  • Team Freestyle Pom
  • One Doubles Team Hip Hop (2 athletes)
  • One Doubles Team Freestyle Pom (2 athletes)

Team Canada Dance is eligible and open to field teams in the following divisions:

Junior World Cheer (JWC) Divisions:

  • One Junior Team Hip Hop
  • One Junior Team Freestyle Pom 

World Cheer (WC) Divisions: 

  • One Team Hip Hop
  • One Team Jazz

Team Size/Number of athletes per team- JWC and WC Divisions

  • Team Hip Hop, Freestyle Pom: Minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes 
  • Team Doubles Hip Hop, Doubles Team Cheer Freestyle Pom: Two (2) athletes 

JWC Age Eligibility: 

Each athlete must be between 12yrs and 17yrs (COVID exeption) within the year of the event (2021)

Teams will be required to have alternates/substitutes 

Note: Any team proven to be in violation of the age requirements will be automatically disqualified. Crossovers between all ICU Divisions and between JWC and WC are permitted. 

WC Age Eligibility: 

Each athlete must be 14yrs or older within the year of the event (2021). 

Note: This age range best represents cheerleading on the global status for the national team competition. With the exception of the Junior World Championships divisions, there is no set maximum age. Any team proven to be in violation of the age requirements will be automatically disqualified. Crossovers between all ICU Divisions and between JWC and WC are permitted. 

Application and Submission of Routine Video(s) 

Complete Application form payment before 11:59pm on December 31st , 2020 (link will be available soon)

Application form will include : 

  • Link to “Private” YouTube Video for Adjudication 
  • Link for submission of $500 Application Fee per program ($100/duo) 
  • A complete Roster including alternates/substitutes should be provided upon request. (Team leader must confirm all athletes are age eligible) ONLY athletes intended to be competing should be on the roster. 
  • Proof of PSO and Cheer Canada membership 

NOTE: Programs are permitted and encouraged to submit one video per dance category. For example, one team may submit one video for hip hop and one video for freestyle pom. Video for each routine should include: 

  • Full Routine that complies with ICU requirements 
  • Each Team will have a maximum of 2 minutes and 15 seconds (2:15) each. 
  • Doubles will have a maximum of 1 minute and 30 seconds (1:30). 
  • Routine Choreography should follow ICU requirements and style 
  • Show only your best skills with a level of mastery — clean and solid 
  • Ensure entire routine is visible in video, judges can only judge what they can see 
  • The environment for filming and athlete attire should be neutral and un-branded in order to prevent team identification.  We will be presenting numbered videos to the judge without titles or labels. Therefore, please refrain from adding titles or intros to videos. 
  • Common yet plain attire (shirts/shorts) and filming in a generic facility like a high-school gymnasium would be preferred to ensure there is no positive or negative bias during the adjudication process. 
  • Total Video length should be less than 4 minutes, after which, the video will be stopped 

Judging will be completed by Jan. 10th and teams notified by January 15, 2021. 

An impartial judging panel will be assembled and will be comprised of a minimum of five (5) judges from across the country. This panel will include recommended judges from Provincial Associations and industry leaders to fairly and transparently judge all videos submitted. 

Judges shall use the ICU judging criteria to evaluate each video submission. 

Following the selection of our Teams, these teams will receive support and advice from Cheer Canada Officials and ICU judging experts from within Canada. 

Please know that while some logistical support and advice will be provided regarding the trip to ICU World Championships, the travel arrangements and all other aspects (including competition entry fees) of the trip will be the responsibility of the teams.

*** Selected teams will be expected to comply with CCES guidelines and  all Cheer Canada National Team policies and  procedures.  

The following is a projected summary of costs incurred by a team travelling to ICU Worlds. 

Cost of Uniform Various + Team Canada Apparel Package (Approx. $200 Cdn) 

Likely to include: Tracksuit, shorts, tank, bra, bag, pins, t-shirts 

Airfare Approx.: TBD 

Hotel (if commuting): TBD

ICU Commuter or Residential Registration: TBD

Good luck to all. We look forward to receiving amazing videos from across Canada!